The Local Transport and Connectivity Plan (LTCP), adopted in July, sets the transport vision for the county and along with key targets including the development of area travel plans to cover all aspects of travel from private car journeys, cycling, freight, bus,and rail journeys.
The LTCP includes ambitious targets, such as reducing car trips by a quarter by 2030, delivering a net-zero transport network by 2040 and having zero, or as close as possible, road fatalities or life-changing injuries by 2050.
To achieve this, area travel plans across Oxfordshire are being developed. The first to be developed is the Central Oxfordshire Travel Plan covering Oxford, Kidlington, Eynsham, Botley, Cumnor, Kennington and Wheatley.
The Central Oxfordshire Travel Plan sets out 22 actions which it says will help achieve a sustainable and reliable transport system providing the people of central Oxfordshire.
It aims to achieve this through:
- A flagship, zero-emission bus network with new and improved routes, able to travel at the speed limit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- A comprehensive and safe cycle and footpath network for pedestrians and cyclists
- A significant reduction in congestion on our roads, to enable those who need to make essential trips by car or van to do so
- Beautifully designed streets and public spaces, with clean air
- 20-minute neighbourhoods: well-connected and compact areas around the city of Oxford where everything people need for their daily lives can be found within a 20-minute walk
- Carbon neutral transport for a carbon neutral city
- Improved safety realised through a Vision Zero approach to transport safety across the area
- An inclusive transport network that improves accessibility for all of our residents
The draft plan also outlines three major transport proposals for Oxford: traffic filters, a workplace parking levy, and an expanded zero emission zone, all of which will be consulted on in more detail and separately to the area travel plan.